September 2, 2010
Flu season may be a bad time to check into a California hospital--and probably everywhere else in the country as well. In a demonstration of what many experts would call appalling medical ethics, only slightly more than half of healthcare workers in California hospitals received a flu shot last year, despite the dangers that presents for patients. The vaccination rate was less than 25% in 3.3% of the hospitals, according to data compiled by the state health department and obtained by Consumers Union through a Public Records Act request.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2004 |
If Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center is to survive, let alone thrive, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors needs to get out of the way. That's an opinion shared by most of the two dozen healthcare experts The Times asked for solutions to the county-run hospital's long-standing problems. "If they don't delegate the responsibility and step aside, it's going to be a nightmare," said Dr. Ron Anderson, chief executive of the Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2013 |
The incident that led to 22 elementary school students in San Diego being sent to hospitals Thursday with stomach pains began with some fourth-grade tomfoolery, district officials said Friday. Some may not have been sick at all, officials said. A "dare" had circulated among the fourth-graders at Audubon Elementary School before lunch: let's see how much food you can stuff into a drink. Among the things stuffed into drinks: carrots, salt, pepper and hot sauce. After lunch, several students complained of belly aches.
January 12, 1986
AIDS is a "time bomb" for the nation's hospitals, threatening to burden them with expensive health care and waves of costly lawsuits, a report by the American Hospital Assn. said. The report predicts two waves of lawsuits against hospitals. The first may be over employment issues, such as the dismissal of workers who develop AIDS or the rights of hospitals to screen blood of workers.
February 11, 2013 |
Only 16% of U.S. hospitals surveyed in a recent study gave a complete price quote for a common hip surgery, highlighting the obstacles many patients face in comparison shopping. Pricing information remains difficult to obtain from medical providers and the figures that are quoted vary widely despite government efforts to make the process more consumer friendly, according to a study published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. for Internal Medicine. Jaime Rosenthal, a student at Washington University in St. Louis who led the research, called two hospitals in every state and Washington, D.C., as well as the top 20-ranked orthopedic hospitals according to U.S. News and World Report.
July 8, 2010 |
Last year, the good folks at Soliant Health -- a healthcare staffing firm -- took it upon themselves to rank the 20 most beautiful hospitals in the country. The list was subjective, of course, but the judges clearly put some thought into their selections. Check out the Cinderella-castle quality of No. 1 pick Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore; the one-acre rooftop garden at No. 6 St. Louis Children's Hospital; the lodge motif at No. 10 Mat-Su Regional Medical Center in Palmer, Alaska; and the hotel feel of No. 17, Sacred Heart Medical Center in Springfield, Ore. This year, Soliant asked readers of its blog to nominate and vote for the country's most beautiful hospitals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 1994 |
The San Fernando City Council has postponed today's public hearing on the controversial merging of two local hospitals. The hearing has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Council Chambers, 117 Macneil St., San Fernando. The extra time was given to allow officials from Mission Community Hospitals to reply in writing to a City Council complaint about the way San Fernando and Panorama community hospitals were merged to form Mission Community Hospitals earlier this year.
June 2, 2001 |
Four hospitals run by HCA-The Healthcare Co., the biggest U.S. hospital chain, agreed to pay $1.9 million to settle allegations they improperly billed Medicare for operations using experimental cardiac devices, the Justice Department said. The hospitals used devices that hadn't been approved by the Food and Drug Administration when the procedures were done between 1987 and 1994, the department said.
October 18, 2010
If a surgical procedure is in your future, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would like to make your life a little easier by helping you choose a hospital with a good safety record. Its Hospital Compare website allows you to search hospitals in your area and see whether they do a good job of some seemingly important things, like giving patients antibiotics when they’re supposed to and heading off dangerous blood clots. But don’t put too much stock in the Hospital Compare ratings.
March 18, 2007 |
A measure to redirect funds from a federal program that repays hospitals for treating illegal immigrants was pulled last week from an emergency spending bill. The proposal, included in the supplemental spending bill for the Iraq war, had triggered protests from California and other border-state lawmakers, who said their hospitals struggled to cover the unpaid costs.